Wilson Moves Ahead in Texas

By Sports NetworkSeptember 17, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Valero Texas OpenSAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Dean Wilson shot a 5-under 65 Friday to move into the lead at the halfway point of the Texas Open. Wilson finished 36 holes at 11-under-par 129 for a one-shot lead over Ted Purdy.
 
'I'm hitting the ball a little better so I'm giving myself a lot of chances, so I think that's the main thing,' said Wilson, who is currently 150th on the PGA Tour money list. 'I haven't been doing that all year.'
 
Purdy, who matched the course record with a 61 on Thursday, managed a 1-under 69 in the second round to come in at 10-under-par 130. J.J. Henry, David Peoples, John Senden and Ryan Palmer share third place at 9-under-par 131.
 
Wilson was three shots back to start the day at LaCantera and hit a wedge to 15 feet for a birdie at the par-5 first. Wilson then parred his next five holes before his second shot to the par-4 seventh stopped within 4 feet of the hole for a birdie.
 
The 34-year-old picked up steam on the inward half with back-to-back birdies starting at the par-4 11th. At the par-5 14th, Wilson reached the green in two and calmly took two putts for another birdie.
 
'That back side might be a little more scorable there just because you have a par-5 that's reachable,' said Wilson.
 
Wilson found trouble on the green at the very next hole and three-putted the par-4 15th for his only bogey of the day.
 
He recovered at the 18th and knocked his approach inside 2 feet for a kick-in birdie to complete his round.
 
'So far this year I haven't played so well and dug myself a pretty good hole the last couple of months, so I need to start playing better,' said Wilson. 'That's the main goal. I'm going to be out playing every event until I make my money.'
 
Purdy was on fire in the opening round, but the 31-year-old got off to a shaky start on Friday with three birdies and three bogeys over his first nine holes.
 
Purdy made a move to catch Wilson with a birdie at the par-4 11th and another birdie at the par-5 14th lifted him to 11 under. He struggled coming in, however, with a bogey at the par-3 17th to finish one shot off the pace.
 
'It was a complete reversal from yesterday,' said Purdy. 'Today I had a lot of adversity and yesterday I had none.'
 
Henry, who tied for second at this event in 2001, collected four birdies and a bogey for a round of 67.
 
'I enjoy coming here,' said Henry. 'I live about four and a half hours from here. I always enjoy coming.'
 
Aaron Barber and Scott Simpson tied for seventh place at 8-under-par 132. Jerry Kelly, Justin Leonard, Duffy Waldorf and Patrick Sheehan followed at 7-under-par 133.
 
Defending champion Tommy Armour III finished eight shots off the lead in a group at 3-under-par 137.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 2-under-par 138 with 79 players qualifying for the weekend. Among those who failed to make the grade were former major champions Rich Beem and Jose Maria Olazabal.
 
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  • Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.